UK Needs To Ramp Up EV Network

Tue 3rd Aug 2021

A major new survey from a governmental department has suggested that local councils and authorities must increase their charging network capacities over the next ten years.

The analysis by the non-ministerial Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was put together as the government prepares to go net zero on carbon emissions by 2050. One of the key areas of meeting those targets will come over the next decade, with the ban in new diesel and petrol engines expected to come into force by 2030. This will increase the take-up of electric vehicles by the UK public, but will put pressure on local government to install thousands of new charging points, particularly in areas which don’t have a private driveway. There are currently 25,000 existing charge points in the UK, but the CMA has said this needs to increase ten-fold.

“Electric vehicles play a critical role in meeting Net Zero but the challenges with creating an entirely new charging network should not be underestimated,” said CMA boss Andrea Coscelli.

“Some areas of the roll-out are going well and the UK’s network is growing – but it’s clear that other parts, like charging at motorway service stations and on-street, have much bigger hurdles to overcome.

“There needs to be action now to address the postcode lottery in electric vehicle charging as we approach the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

“Our recommendations will promote strong competition, encourage more investment, and build people’s trust, both now and in the future.”

The CMA’s recommendations come in the form of a four-point plan aimed at building and restoring confidence in the EV charging network to ensure that the drive towards EV uptake in the UK does not stall.

The plan includes:

  1. Working charging points must be easy to find and offer up-to-date information about availability and operational status.

  2. Charging must be quick and simple to pay for, without the need to sign up with an operator.

  3. Pricing should be clearly listed.

  4. Charging points must be accessible for any type of EV.